Sources of Indian Traditions: Modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

Paperback | September 15, 2015

EditorRachel Fell McDermott, Leonard Gordon, Ainslie Embree

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For more than fifty years, students and teachers have made the two-volume resource Sources of Indian Traditions their top pick for an accessible yet thorough introduction to Indian and South Asian civilizations. Volume 2 contains an essential selection of primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious history of India from the decline of Mughal rule in the eighteenth century to today. It details the advent of the East India Company, British colonization, the struggle for liberation, the partition of 1947, and the creation of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and contemporary India.

This third edition now begins earlier than the first and second, featuring a new chapter on eighteenth-century intellectual and religious trends that set the stage for India's modern development. The editors have added material on Gandhi and his reception both nationally and abroad and include different perspectives on and approaches to Partition and its aftermath. They expand their portrait of post-1947 India and Pakistan and add perspectives on Bangladesh. The collection continues to be divided thematically, with a section devoted to the drafting of the Indian constitution, the rise of nationalism, the influence of Western thought, the conflict in Kashmir, nuclear proliferation, minority religions, secularism, and the role of the Indian political left. A phenomenal text, Sources of Indian Traditions is more indispensable than ever for courses in philosophy, religion, literature, and intellectual and cultural history.

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For more than fifty years, students and teachers have made the two-volume resource Sources of Indian Traditions their top pick for an accessible yet thorough introduction to Indian and South Asian civilizations. Volume 2 contains an essential selection of primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious history of India fro...

Rachel Fell McDermott is professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College. She is a specialist in Bengali goddess worship whose books include Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal: The Fortunes of Hindu Festivals; Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal; and Moth...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1024 pagesPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Preface to the Third EditionAcknowledgmentsA Note on TransliterationChronologyThematic Table of ContentsMap1. The Eighteenth Century: Ferment and Change2. The Early to Mid Nineteenth Century: Debates Over Reform and Challenge to Empire3. The Later Nineteenth Century: Leaders of Reform and Revival4. Liberal Social and Political Thought in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century: The Moderates5. Radical Politics and Cultural Criticism, 1880-1914: The Extremists6. Mahatma Gandhi and Responses7. To Independence and Partition8. Issues in Post-Independence India9. Pakistan, 1947-2007: The Struggle for National Identity10. Bangladesh: Independence and Controversies Over the Fruits of FreedomNotesBibliographyCreditsIndex

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The third edition of Sources of Indian Traditions is fascinating, easy to read, provocative, and relevant to the present. Two narrative lines flow, like an underground river, through the book: colonialism and the search for independence and the struggle with the ever-changing questions of nationalism. An excellent expansion of the second edition, this anthology is masterly organized, making it a unique teaching text on South Asia. For over thirty years, anyone seriously interested in India has always had to keep a copy of this classic within arm's reach. Sources of Indian Tradition is so useful as a reference work, sourcebook, or textbook that it has been indispensable to scholars all over the world.